Every home and business has certain energy needs, not only for heating spaces, but also for heating water, cooking, and other necessary applications. The problem is the energy sources used for these applications can be quite expensive. This is why various alternative energy sources have sprung up in recent years, and the good news is, these energy systems and sources are much more amenable to everyone’s budget and needs.
Take an air source heat pump, for example. This type of heating equipment is becoming more popular for those who are increasingly concerned about their energy bills. And, realistically speaking, who isn’t? So if you are one of those who would like to gain more from your heating system, then below are a few solid reasons why you should get an air source heat pump installed.
Some major advantages:
Most homes and businesses today rely on electric systems for their heating, whilst some rely on mains gas and oil. If you rely on an electric system and one that makes use of oil, it will be so much better for you to shift to an air source heat pump. With an air source heat pump, you can save as much as £400 a year rather than relying on 100% electricity. Even though an air source heat pump still uses electricity to absorb air from outside, it is still significantly lower than a system which relies solely on electricity. Aside from this, your carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by as much as 4,000 kg or even more. If you are using oil and convert to an air source heat pump, then you may be able to save up to £50 a year on your energy bill.
Financing and incentives:
The government has come up with various schemes to encourage individuals and businesses to use an air source heat pump, among other sustainable energy sources and equipment. The first incentive is the Renewable Heat Incentive, or RHI, where you may be able to receive payments for whatever heat is generated by your heat pump. Another scheme is the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme, where systems that have been installed after the 1st August, 2011 may allow owners to receive help on installation costs.
Additionally, the UK government is famous for its Green Deal programme, where anyone making changes to their energy sources for better sustainability and environmental efficiency can pay for them through savings they get on their energy bills.
Maintaining your air source heat pump: what to expect:
There’s more good news for those who are planning to install an air source heat pump: it can operate for more than 20 years, provided there is regular maintenance done on it. But the maintenance the heat pump requires is quite minimal – a simple detailed check by a professional every 3 to 5 years is all that is needed. But you yourself can check the heat pump yearly by making sure that the evaporator and the air inlet grill are free from leaves and debris. Another positive factor for air source heat pumps comes from the fact that they are usually offered with multiple-year warranties, extending from two to five years or more.